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Jonathan Pirie

Title: Staff Physician, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Designations: MD, MEd, FRCPC
Phone: 416-813-7654
Alternate Contact Name: Johanna Crudden
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5824
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Chair Positions: Chair, SickKids, PEMSim Program

Research Positions

Project Investigator, Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Learning Positions

Director, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Simulation Program


Dr. Jonathan Pirie is a staff physician and medical educator in the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto.

He is the Director of Simulation for Paediatric Emergency Medicine and the Simulation Fellowship program.

His simulation interests include developing core curricula for postgraduate training programs, in-situ team training, and competency-based simulation for trainees and faculty.

His clinical expertise is in the resuscitation of acutely ill or injured children and managing febrile infants and children at risk for severe bacterial infection.

Education and experience

  • 1980–1984: Bachelor of Science, (Math Major, Computer Science Minor), University of British Columbia. Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • 1984–1988: M.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • 1989–1992: Paediatric Resident, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 1992–1996: M. Ed., Higher Education with Specialization in the Health Sciences, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 1993–1995: Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 1999–2007: Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2002–2011: Associate Director, Education, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2007–2013: Co-Lead, Simulation Centre, Learning Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2016–2021: Chair, Board of Examiners (PG), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada


  • 2020: Anna Jarvis Paediatric Emergency Medicine Teaching Award, Canadian Paediatric Society
  • 2020: Denis Daneman Faculty Mentorship Award, Department of Paediatrics
  • 2017: Colin Woolf Award for Teaching Excellence in Continuing Professional Development, University of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, ON
  • 2011: Harry Bain Award, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 2011: Certificate of Founder Designation, Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • 2009: Teaching Excellence for the Paediatric Resident Lecture Series, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 2008: Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education in Teaching Performance, Mentorship, and Advocacy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2008: Continuing Education Award - Excellence for long-term contribution to CE in the Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON


  1. Pirie J, Fayyaz J, Gharib M, et al. Development and implementation of Structured Competency base Medical education program For Faculty in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Adv Simul 6, 17 (2021)PA
  2. J Pirie, L St. Amant, S Glover-Takahashi. Managing residents in difficulty within CBME residency educational systems: a scoping review. BMC Medical Education. 2020 Jul 23;20(1):235. PA
  3. Kessler D, Lemke D, Jani P, Pirie J, et al. Caregiver Characteristics Associated with Quality of Cardiac Compressions on an Adult Mannequin with Real-time Feedback; a simulation-based multi-center study. Simulation in Healthcare, 2020 Apr;15(2):82-88. COLL
  4. Pirie J, Cardenas S*, Seleem* W, Kljujic D, Glanfield C, Schneeweiss S, Principi T. The use of statistical process control charts to evaluate inter-professional education sessions embedded into a pediatric emergency in-situ resuscitation program. Simulation in Healthcare. 2019 Apr;14(2):121-128. PA
  5. Natal B, Szyld D, Pasichow S, Pirie J, Bismilla Z, Cheng A. International survey of simulation fellowship directors. Academic Medicine. 2017 Aug;92(8):1204-1211. COLL


  • 2021–2023: COLL. Neonatal Emergency Readiness Project (NERP): Development of virtual simulation curriculum to improve emergency department neonatal resuscitation care among interprofessional teams. Paediatric Consultant Grant : Education Innovation and development. J Fayyaz, G Bravo*, J Pirie, H Whyte, C Walsh. $10,000 
  • 2021–2023: COLL. Title: Impact of Aerosol Box Use on Patterns of Healthcare Provider and Environmental Contamination during Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures: A Multicenter Study. CIHR. A Cheng, J Pirie, A Levy, T Chang, C. Matava, et al. Amount funded: $248,625
  • 2019–2021: COLL. Comparing Methods of Identifying Latent Safety Threats using in situ Simulation in the Pediatric Emergency Room. Paediatric Consultant’s Creative Professional Grant. M. Gharib, A Petrosoniak, J Pirie, P Trbovich, MA Moga, W Tavares, C. Walsh. $10,000
  • 2017–2019: COLL. Debriefing on Demand: Exploring the Pause Button in Simulation: A Pilot Study. Paediatric Consultant’s Education Development and Innovation Grant. L Simone, M. Gharib, J Pirie, C. Walsh. $5,000
  • 2012–2014: COLL. Is this best taught using simulation? Using the Delphi method to develop the framework for a National General Pediatric Simulation-Based Training Curriculum. Resident Funding, CHEO Research Institute. Langevin M, Drover A, Banks I, Pirie J, Shefrin A. $2,000
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